Alpha Aminata is a Nashville native who has found her own lane in R&B while living in Atlanta and working on her self-titled debut album. Born in D.C. but raised in Nashville, Alpha Aminata was heavily influenced by artists and sounds of the south. 

I’ve been a singer-songwriter for the past 5 years. I started seriously recording music while living in Los Angeles and recorded my first EP “Dreams of September” while there in 2018. It was a great learning experience for me and introduction into the music industry.

I used to visit my uncle here in Atlanta a lot during my childhood. I finally moved here in 2019 to further my music career and pursue opportunities that were not available to me in Nashville. Nashville where I was raised at is more well known for country music, so trying to stand out as an R&B artist was not going to be easy. Atlanta has been an amazing place to be for my career. There are endless opportunities to network, perform and share your music. There is just something about this city that makes you feel like anything can happen.

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  1. Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is Aaliyah. Her voice, her style, and her dance moves were so smooth and sexy without doing too much. A true Avant Garde diva. I wanted to be just like her and still find that she influences my sound and style a lot.

My sound is what I like to describe as 90’s/80’s nostalgic R&B. I tend to have an incredibly old school approach to how I write songs and lyrics in general. I like my songs to give you that feeling you got back in the day when you heard your favorite song. Like replaying a favorite memory.

It’s hard to say what my favorite thing is about Atlanta. I love this city so much. The culture, the weather, the food. My favorite thing would be the view of Downtown Atlanta. Something about the way the city skyline looks at sunrise and at night is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.

The first song I heard that made me fall in love with music was the Isley Brother’s “At Your best” by Aaliyah. It is such an amazing rendition of a classic song; her voice was so angelic, and I remember thinking to myself. I want to make music that makes people feel like this song made me feel.

One of the worst shows I ever did; the sound system was horrible, and I could barely hear myself and the DJ played the wrong song. Worst of all it was at a strip club so while people wanted to dance a love ballad came on instead, I was the last act that night too. The dancers were not happy with me lol, it was most certainly a lesson in humility.

Artists that are on my wish list to collab with are Brandy, Sy Ari Da Kid, Drake, Erykah Badu, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko, Lucky Daye, VanJess, K Shiday, and plenty more.

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